"2194 Days of War: An Illustrated Chronology of the Second World War" (used book)
2194 Days of War: An Illustrated Chronology of the Second World War
by Cesare Salmaggi and Alfredo Pallavisini
About the Book
Used book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Good Condition.
The book begins with a brief introduction called "the background" which explains who the major political leaders were and what diplomatic steps they took to avoid, or ensure, world war. It then begins the day-by-day history of the war on all fronts -- starting with the German invasion of Poland, but rapidly expanding to cover all aspects of the European and North African phases of the conflict as well as the Pacific and Indian Ocean campaigns. If you have ever wondered, or needed to know, what happened on a certain day of the war anywhere in the world -- air, land or sea -- all you need to do is flip that page and you'll have your answer.
From the dust jacket --
"1 September 1939 - 2 September 1945: just six years, 2194 days of a gigantic war, fiercer and more destructive than any in history. Fifty-five million dead, three million missing; the domination of the dead, three million missing; the domination of the world at stake. Illustrated with 620 photographs and 84 maps, this work is the classified diary, day by day, front by front, of the military and political events of those years. Ut us a work that makes clear what happened then and much of what has happened since.
2194 Days of War presents a simultaneous, documented view of every theatre of war, from the Solomons; from the freezing cold of the northernmost fjords to the scorching sands of the Libyan desert; from the bunkers of the West Wall to the boundless wastes of the oceans. The progress and the scale of events, by relating them one to another in a more organized way, is often most enlightening. Certain gaps are filled certain puzzling decisions now become easier to understand. To grasp the reasons, or pretexts, that motivated to many actors in this world-wide drama, the editors use a ‘tracking’ technique that takes in all the political, economic and strategic backgrounds to the conflicts that soaked the world in blood for six years; yet for particular events their camera zooms in for close-ups that present them in terms not of days but of hours and even minutes.
The sourses drawn upon are mainly official documents – war communiques, war diaries, histories of the war published by government departments – carefully integrated with other documents less official and so often more reliable: the diaries and memoirs of the most important military and political leaders, as well as works of scholarship, both general and specialist, from world-wide sources.”